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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for March 2nd, 2015

We're just eight days away from the official start of free agency and five days out from the beginning of the legal tampering period.

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Isn't the lead-up to free agency a blast? Amid the conflicting reports on Randall Cobb's status, one thing is certain: he will be the highest-priced free agent Packer this season, but when and where he signs is still very much in question.

We at APC believe that the Packers' best shot to retain him is to sign him to a new contract prior to the official start of free agency on March 10th. However, doing so runs the risk of paying him more than market value, a cardinal sin in the eyes of Ted Thompson.

While we await news on Cobb and company, let's take a look at some other free agency and draft speculation, while finding a nugget about several current and former Packers who took a day or two to help out a community in need.

Naples, Fla. turns into Titletown South for a night | JSOnline
Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer are getting the Tailgate Tour going early, joining Mike McCarthy for a fundraiser for a YMCA that burned down in 2013.

ILB prospect Kendricks is tough enough |
Keep an eye on the UCLA prospect - I still think he's the best inside linebacker in the draft this year.

For Harlan, accommodating fans, Favre was foremost | ESPN Wisconsin
Bob Harlan is a rock star, and it seems pretty clear that he was one of if not the driving force behind the expansion of the induction ceremony.

Tolzien, draft are best options at backup QB |
You'll get no argument from many of us at APC - re-signing Tolzien and drafting a quarterback in the late rounds would be our preferred plan as well.

Point of Veau: Packers in a Pickle in Cornerback Negotiations | Cheesehead TV
Tramon Williams and Davon House likely won't get their deals done until after Randall Cobb's and/or Bryan Bulaga's situations are settled.

Cowboys to place franchise tag on Dez Bryant -
This should be no surprise - with no long-term deal on the horizon, the Cowboys weren't going to let one of the top wideouts in the league walk.

Map! Where NFL Draft first-rounders who weren't blue chip recruits come from -
This is pretty great. After this year, though, we should have our first first-round pick from the state of Wisconsin who wasn't a Badger - Kenosha's Trae Waynes.